What can be said about Eurovision Song Contest 2022 so far? Beside the fact that the worst semifinal this year is over, the one tomorrow kind of hold all good songs that’s not one of the big 5… While yesterday presented 17 songs where it was hard to find 10 I even wanted to pass to the final. So much better then when some songs actually turned out to be little gems live.
Lithuania raised to be much higher on my personal ranking on Saturday together with Portugal and Iceland. All three came out from the first semifinal with their dignity intact. Can’t say the same for Albania who I actually liked after their revamp and were 100% certain to pass to the final. But seriously? What was that? She managed to kill the song with one of the worst performances in Eurovision history. And of course the ESC fanbase (mainly the Balkan part of it) exploded in conspiracy theories – as if they did not see the disaster on stage. Many of the fans think the jury killed Albanias song this year, I am not so sure she did well with the televote either. Will be really interesting to take a look at the full results when they are out on Sunday.
And I am sure the Barbara Dex reward is already earned and will find a home in Albania, in a tough competition with Ukraine and Moldova.
Also Croatia abused the stage by being this years Kate Ryan entry, meaning to much weird stuff happening on stage at the same time. At least one song each year fail cause of the “Kate Ryan” factor.
Happy to see Switzerland passing through. I guess it might be thanks to the juries (I am so happy there is 50% jury) not the televotes. While I am sure France tele-voted for Lithuania and Portugal yesterday, and of course Ukraine out of pity.
Also to finally see Diodato on stage after the cancelled Eurovision 2020, and hear his “Fai Rumore” just made me go “wow”. So sure he would have won after seeing that. Perfection.
So now we can look forward to Thursdays semifinal number 2 with Il Volo on stage… Love love love (even if their last album was a disapointment).
Tonight is time for the Eurovision semifinal one out of two, and maybe the worst semifinal in the history of Eurovision. For me it is tough to even find 10 songs I want in the finals. Unfortunately many of the “hate” songs here turn out to be fan favorites, and high on the betting sites. No surprise, it is always one or two songs each year that ends up high on the scoreboard and I can’t understand why. But in this semifinal it is a majority of the songs I hate that has low odds and end up high on different polls. Nightmare.
So here we go then,
And the complete list, incl. my guesses who will qualify can be downloaded as a PDF
So now its time to finalize this week of most played blogging, as you know the entries in 2020 Eurovision comes from:
Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,The Netherlands, Ukraine and United Kingdom
Not a country usually on my radar so there are not many of their entries making my private playlists.
“Carry me in your dreams” Kejsi Tola
“Its all about you” Juliana Pasha
“The image of you” Anjeza Shahini
Up and down like a roller coaster, and often when they have really good entries they end up on the wrong side of the score board. No one votes even if the song is good. Belgium is a mystery that way.
“1 Life” Xandee
“Love kills” Roberto Bellarosa
Oh, my old love in Eurovision, France. Still going strong and has a stream of lovely songs throughout the years.
“J’ai Cherché” Amir
“L’oiseau et l’enfant” Marie Myriam
“Il faut du temps” Sandrine Francois
Big in Germany, a phrase in the music world that is looked upon a bit like someone look at Mona Lisa, famous but isn’t it more than that. But in Eurovision they have some good times.
“Dschinghis Khan” Dschinghis Khan
“Telegram” Silver Convention
“Frauen regieren die welt” Roger Cicero
Still the Kingdom of Eurovision with their wins in the 90s, kind of they won all of the 90s, but not often on my top 10 in Eurovision.
“Cross your heart” Tina Reynolds
“Why me” Linda Martin
“In your eyes” Niamh Kavanagh
Wow, it is amazing that Italy don’t win every year. Yer after year they present amazing songs climbing the charts outside Italy and many of the artists actually become famous in Europe after the contest.
“No degree of separation” Francesca Michielin
“I Treni de Tozeur” Alice e Battiato
“Grande amore” Il Volo
Sadly forgotten in the Eurovision history, but finally won 2017, and well deserved.
“Amar pelos dois” Salvador Sobral
“Danca comigo” Sabrina
“Um grande, grande amor” Jose Cid
From Portugal to their neighbors Spain, also a country sadly forgotten today. But so many fantastic entries coming from Spain. At their best when they sound 100% Spanish.
“Bandido” Azucar Moreno
“Quien maneja mi barca” Remedios Amaya
“Dile que la quiero” David Civera
Not a favorite country for me in Eurovision, and their 2020 entry will be heavily discussed in tomorrows blog post on the 2020 contest entries. But they have had their good times as well.
“Ne partez pas sand moi” Celine Dion
“Mikado” Simone Drexel
“Era stupendo” Paolo Meneguzzi
It feels like Netherlands and Sweden had a lot of the same vibes in the Eurovision in the 80s and 90s, a kind of Swedish Schlager over many of their entries (or if you are Dutch the opposite). But they did not manage to win until 2019 with one of the more , for me, uninteresting winners in Eurovision, “Arcade”.
“I see a star” Mouth and Macneal
“Ding dinge dong” Teach In
“De eerste keer” Franklin Brown and Maxine
One of the biggest music markets in the world and still not able to score better in Eurovision, UK is a sad story lately and it seems like whatever path they take its a fail. A it unfair really cause they often better then their placing.
“Ooh Aah Just a little bit” Gina G
“Where are you” Imaani
“Cry Baby” Jemini
So, that was the most played songs from each country in the Eurovision Song Contest history, all to try to keep some Eurovision feeling in 2020 when the Eurovision Song Contest been cancelled caused by the Corona Pandemic.
Tomorrow I will discuss my ranking of the 2020 entries and wrap this Eurovision week up on Sunday with my personal points on the development of Eurovision. Whats good and what can EBU change to make it more interesting for me. Not everyone will agree but as said, it’s my own opinions.
The former blog post on the most played can be found: